Sunday, June 26, 2011

2003 - MetroStars v SJ Earthquakes

 2003.07.02 MetroStars v San Jose Earthquakes, Giants Stadium

Clint Mathis and Landon Donovan exchange goals inside of a minute during the second half added time, as the MetroStars and Earthquake drew at 4-4...

Metro Goals: Amado Guevara struck first connecting on a Clint Mathis' swerving cross to the far left post. Mike Magee poked a ball in the net of a scramble in front of the Earthquakes goal. Clint Mathis re-directed a Guevara cross to give the Metros the 3-4 lead.

This was Tim Howards last home game for the MetroStars before moving on to Manchester United...

Amado Guevara
Olimpia (Honduras 1992-1993)
Motagua (Honduras 1993-1994, 1996-2001, 2007-2008, 2010- )
Real Valladolid (Spain 1995-1996)
Toros Neza (Mexico 2000-2001)
Zacatepec (Mexico 2001-2002)
Saprissa (Costa Rica 2002)
MetroStars (MLS 2004-2005)
New York Red Bulls (MLS 2006)
Chivas USA (MLS 2007-2008)
Toronto FC (MLS 2008-2009)

Honduran National Team 1994-2010

Saturday, June 25, 2011

2003 - MetroStars Autographs

 Eddie Pope
DC United (MLS 1996-2002)
MetroStars (MLS 2003-2004)
Real Salt lake (MLS 2005-2007)

United States National Team (1996-2006)
FIFA World Cup - 1998, 2002, 2006
National Soccer Hall of Fame - 2011

 Chris Leitch
Columbus Crew (MLS 2002, 2006)
MetroStars (MLS 2003-2005)
New York Red Bulls (MLS 2007-2008)
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS 2009-2011)

 John Wolyniec
MetroStars (MLS 1999, 2003-2005)
Chicago Fire (MLS 2000-2001, 2002)
New England Revolution (MLS 2001)
Columbus Crew (MLS 2005-2006)
Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS 2006)
New York Red Bulls (MLS 2006-2010)

United States National Team (2004)

 Mike Magee
MetroStars (MLS 2003-2005)
New York Red Bulls (MLS 2006-2008)
Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS 2009- )
Ricardo Clark
MetroStars (MLS 2003-2004)
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS 2005)
Houston Dynamo (MLS 2006-2009)
Eintracht Frankfurt (Bundesliga 2010- )

United States National Team (2005- )


2003 - MetroStars v Chicago Fire

2003.08.24 MetroStars v Chicago Fire

The MetroStars took a 1-0 lead on a John Wolyniec goal in the 28th minute. Chicago's Damani Ralph tied the score when he split two defenders and accelerated on a 20-yard run before blasting a 23-yrad shot past keeper Jonny Walker...Ralph broke the rookie record for most goals in a season by scoring 11 goals in 2003 and was named Rookie of the year...

Late in the second half Ralph carried the ball into the penalty box drawing four defenders. taking the shot, the ball deflected off one of the defenders right to Anton Razov, who easily scored the game winning goal...

Clint Mathis had one of his shots hit off the goalpost...

Friday, June 24, 2011

2003 MetroStars v DC United

2003.05.10 MetroStars v DC United, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

Clint Mathis first half goal led the MetroStars to their 3rd consecutive victory, defeating DC United 1-0...
Amado Guevara chipped in a little pass over a DC defender, while Mathis running at full sped took the pass off his chest and lashed a shot past United keeper Rimando in the 42nd minute...

Guevara and Mathis controlled the tempo of the match for the Metros, while Tim Howard made great saves on DCs Bobby Convey and Aleck Eskandrian...

Richie Williams
Buffalo Blizzard (NPSL 1992-1993)
Ayr United (Scotland 1993-1994)
DC United (MLS 1996-2000, 2002)
MetroStars (MLS 2001, 2003)

United States National Team (1998-2002)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

2010 World Cup - Time magazine

2010.06.14 - cover illustration by Douglas Fraser
The magazine featured articles on the World Cup Preview, America's Soccer Bloom, David Beckham on US Soccer success, and the History of the Game...

Article - Stepping Up - Four players to keep an eye on - Steven Pienaar, South Africa; David Villa, Spain; Gianluigi Buffon, Italy and Tim howard, US...

Article - One on One with David Beckham
What is the state of the American Game - It's the best it's been for a while.
US Plays England in the first group match - If we were up against the US 10 years ago people would say it's going to be easy. Now times have changed, there is no easy game. US has got talent...Expectations on our team is huge...

Article - Yes Soccer is Americas Game by Bill Soporito
Please stop lecturing us. We know it's called football everywhere else and it's the global game, the beautiful game. Americans call it soccer because there's a perfectly great sport here already called football, one that is not inclined to surrender its moniker anytie soon. So don't get your football knickers in a twist about it.

Soccer it is.

Back cover - Louis Vuitton advertisement featuring Pele, Zinedine Zidane and Diego Maradonna...wouldn't you love to have been at this photo shoot!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

Marvell Wynne - MLB
Pittsburgh Pirates 1983-85
San Diego Padres 1986-89
Chicago Cubs 1989-90
Hanshin Tigers (Japan) 1991

Marvell Wynne - MLS
New York Red Bulls - 2006-07
Toronto FC - 2007-10
Colorado Rapids 2010-

Tim Twellman - NASL
Minnesota Kicks - 1977-81
Tulsa Roughnecks 1982
Chicago Sting - 1982-83

Taylor Twellman - MLS
1860 Munich (Germany) - 1999-02
New England Revolution - 2002-2010

Kyle Rote - NFL
New York Giants - 1951-61
College Football Hall of Fame

Kyle Rote Jr - NASL
Dallas Tornado 1972-78
Houston Hurricane 1979
US National Team 1973-78

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

MISL Pacific Trading Cards



Pacific trading cards started producing Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) cards for the 1987-88 season, with a 110 card set, featuring Tatu, Hector Marinaro, Chico Borja, Steve Zungul, Preki, Ricky Davis, Brian Quinn, Fernando Clavijo, Hugo Perez, Alan Mayer, Jan Goossens and Ray Hudson...

1988-89 again offered 110 cards featuring Steve Zungul, Fernando Clavijo, Brian Quinn, Preki, Alan Mayer, Chico Borja, Hector Marinaro and Beto...

1989-90 was another 110 card offering featuring Tatu, Steve Zungul, Fernando Clavijo, Preki, Chico Borja, Beto, Victor Nogueira...

1990-91 saw the series increase to 220 cards featuring Brian Quinn, Steve Zungul, Chico Borja, Preki, Tatu, Fernando Clavijo, Team Cards, Stadium cards and All-star cards...

1991-92 the set dropped to 160 cards, featuring a San Diego Sockers Chamnpions card, All-stars, Victor Nogueira MVP, Brian Quinn, Preki, Chico Borja, Kenny Cooper (Sr), Beto, Tatu, Hector Marinaro,

Thursday, June 9, 2011

2011 - Greece v Ecuador

2011.06.07 Greece v Ecuador, Citi Field, Flushing, NY
Inaugural soccer game

When my neighbor told me he was going to do some work with the Greek National Team, during their stay in New York, I wished him well, it sounded like a lot of fun...When I received a call from him at 11:30 on Tuesday morning, telling me he was able to get 2 tickets for the game that night, asking if I would like to go? did he really need to ask...of course I was going....

When we stepped off the train station in front of Citi Field we were greeted by a sea of yellow jerseys...Ecuador was well represented...Greece was also well represented with chants of Hellas, Hellas, Hellas throughout the game...
I heard a NY radio DJ that morning say since the local inhabitants of Citi Field, were playing with their heads down, kicking the dirt it was only a matter of time before someone put a soccer ball at their feet...This is not the first time soccer has been played in a NYC baseball field. Considering the diversity of the New York population soccer has always drawn a big crowd. The NY Generals of the NASL played in Yankee Stadium in 1968, The Cosmos (NASL) played in Yankee Stadium in 1971 and again in 1976. Columbia and Czechoslovakia played a friendly match in Shea Stadium in 2003, a 1996 friendly between Columbia and Honduras, as well as a International Soccer League tournament in 1965 and serving as the home field for the New York United (ASL) in 1980...
Ecuador - - Greece
64th ranked Ecuador featured ManU winger Antonio Valencia and Toronto FC forward Joao Plata along with a mostly Ecuadorian league based squad. Greece featured Schalke 04 defender Kyriakos Papdopoula and a mostly Greek league based squad.

39,656 fans were on hand for the 1-1 tie between Greece and Ecuador (by comparison the first game of the Gold Cup between US and Canada, held in Ford Field, Detroit only attracted 28, 209)...A tradition of the NY Mets, is when a home run is hit, a big apple located in the outfield rises up. Mike thought this would be cool if the apple came out after a goal was scored. My response was not likely. I was wrong, when Alexandros Tziolos (Racing Santander) of Greece scored in the first half, the apple rose in a traditional Mets celebration...I did not take notice, but I am sure the apple again rose when Frickson Erazo (El Nacional) tied in the game in the second half...

Sunday, June 5, 2011

MetroStars Activity Book

The Metrostars activity book, in Spanish, features pages to color, connect the dots, puzzles

The cover features Sergio Galvan Rey, Jonny Walker and Amado Guevara...

2004 - MetroStars stickers

Bob Bradley, Amado Guevara

Tim Regan, Joselito Vaca

Saturday, June 4, 2011

2004 - Seth Stammler

Seth Stammler appeared at a soccer tournament in Montclair, NJ to sign autographs and promote the MetroStars. At the time Stammler was just starting his career. the tournament officials set up his tent next to where our team was set-up for down-time between games. Some of the boys on the team had Stammler sign every their shoes, shinguards, jersey, anything they could take off in public...Mike settled for the 4x6 postcard and his autograph book...

Stammler was selected by the Metrostars in the 2004 MLS Superdraft. Only playing for 1-minute as a rookie, injuries side-lined him for most of the season, by 2006 he became the starting left-side midfielder, shifting to a more defensive position with the Red Bulls. Stammler retired from professional soccer in 2010, after appearing in 142 games, scoring 6 goals...

Stammler also was a member of the 2003-04 US U23 team...

2004 - MetroStars stickers

Michael Bradley
Metro, Des McAleenan (goalkeeper coach)
Mike Magee, Chris Leitch

This set of sticker was given out in a manner similar to tot he 2001 MetroStars player cards, by attending a game and visiting the Might Metros fan club table. The set of stickers came with a poster of the pitch. Each sticker could then be placed on the poster in their position. As will usually happen with stickers, most of them were placed on the poster or other surfaces. These are the only ones that could be located within our collection...

The design of the stickers matched the design of the player cards that were used for autograph sessions...the stickers are the same size as a trading card 2.5 x 3.5 inches...

Thursday, June 2, 2011

NJYSA - Metrostars

Issued around 2003 by the New Jersey Youth Soccer Association, this 8-card set features New Jersey born players who have worn the MetroStars jersey...
The cards measure 6x4 with a full photo of the player on the front and a small portrait on the back...
The players name appears next to the NJYSA logo along with position, height, weight, date of birth and hometown..

The back of the card repeats the stats from the front along with a small player bio...

The first card of the series features the NJYSA logo, the back provides the following information:
New Jersey Youth Soccer is the National State Association that represents youth soccer in the State of New Jersey. NJYSA has over 165,000 players and 30,000 coaches and administrators affiliated with the well as listing the various NJYSA Leagues throughout the state...

2. Tony Meola
3. Tab Ramos
4. Richie Williams
5. Jeff Moore
6. Billy Walsh
7. Eddie Gaven
8. Tim Howard

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Metrostars/Red Bull NY - Clint Mathis

2002.04.20 MetroStars v Chicago Fire, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
The Fire defeated the MetroStars 2-0 behind goals by rookie Kelly Gray an DeMarcus Beasley.

Clint Mathis played in his 100th career Major League Soccer game...
MetroStars Steve Jolley left the game in the 9th minute suffering a hamstring injury to bring his consecutive minutes played streak to an end at 5,238 minutes played (over 58 games)...

2007.09.01 Red Bull NY v Chicago Fire, Giants Stadium...
Clint Mathis was honored by the MetroStars prior to the game for breaking the club record (MetroStars/Red Bull NY) for all-time goals. Mathis almost added his 46th career goal 5-minutes into the game for the Red Bulls, but his shot sailed right of the net...
The Red Bulls would however defeat the Fire on Juan Pablo Angel's goal in the 75th minute of the game, 1-0. It was Angle's 14th goal of the season..

Clint Mathis started his MLS career with the LA Galaxy in 1998 and return to them in 2010 before retiring from the game. His journey between brought the Georgia native to stints with the MetroStars (2000-2003), Hannover 96 (Germany 2004-2005) Real Salt lake (2005), Colorado Rapids (2006), Red Bull NY (2007), Ergotelis (Greece 2008), Real Salt Lake (2008-2009)...

Mathis would also play for the US National Team (1998-2005), playing in the 2002 FIFA World Cup...

Maryland SoccerPlex - Washington Freedom

The Maryland SoccerPlex opened in 2000, in Germantown, Maryland. There are 19 natural grass fields, 3 turf fields and 8 indoor courts, along with a miniature golf course, driving range, archery range and swim center.

The main stadium holds 5,200 and was home to the Washington Freedom, formerly of the WUSA and WPS. The Freedom were founded in 2001 based in Germantown before moving to Florida in 2011 as the magicJack.

We just returned from our second Potomac Memorial Day Tournament held at the SoccerPlex, this is an amazing complex. A major achievement for soccer in America.